• 1984

Hardware Description

The Apricot Portable was a portable computer made by Apricot Computers, first released in 1984. It had a 3.5" floppy drive, 4.77 MHz CPU and 256 KiB RAM. It was the first computer to use an 80-column/25-line LCD and speech recognition for input/output. The speech recognition software held 4096 words, with only 64 available at a given time. It had a wireless keyboard and optional wireless mouse, which communicated with the computer using an infrared link;[1] this was relatively new at the time. However, if an object blocked the infrared beam, communications would be cut off. The Apricot also featured a somewhat Mac-like graphical interface. It was originally priced at £1965.